Amala is a new organic brand from Germany and I recently tested - and really liked - their toner. I have also been trying the Neck and Decollete Cream, which I find a little too lightweight for my long-neglected swan-like. This week, I moved on to the Rejuvenating Collagen Mask and now it looks as if we have another winner.

The Collagen Mask is meant to be rinsed off after ten minutes or used as a leave on as it rapidly penetrates the skin. I found that I did need to rinse it off eventually as my face still felt sticky after 45 minutes. Once rinsed, however, my skin felt very soft and plumped. I find it to be an improvement over the mask made by the parent company Primavera Natural Balance. Although it must be admitted that at $72 to Primavera's $56, it is more premium product.

In theory, the mask's effects should be more than short term since it has ingredients that will boost collagen production. As with the Amala toner, cocoa is the signature ingredient with a smattering of licorice extract. In this case, I was interested by the inclusion of Brazil nut (bertholetia excelsa). Brazil nut oil contains mainly palmitic, oleic, and linoleic and alpha linolenic acids. They provide the highest natural source of selenium, an essential antioxidant (one single Brazil nut exceeds the US Recommended Daily Allowance of selenium). The proteins found in Brazil nuts are very high in sulfur-containing amino acids like cysteine (8%) and methionine (18%) and are also extremely rich in glutamine, glutamic acid, and arginine. The presence of these amino acids (chiefly methionine) enhances the absorption of selenium and other minerals in the nut. Well, I know what I am going to be adding to my diet, a Brazil nut a day.

Carapa extract is anti-inflammatory agent and skin conditioner. The oil extract naturally contains limmonoids, which have been proven to help renew the skin and reduce inflammations. In addition, andiroba oil a rich source of essential fatty acids including oleic, palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acids. This classifies it as Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF). Meanwhile seabuckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) has loads of quercetin. The thing about quercetin is that it may be a much more of a powerful antioxidant than was previously thought. Cornell University has a new way of measuring antioxidant potency called 'cellular antioxidant activity' (CAA) that tests the antioxidant activities of a compound inside the cell itself. This is an approach that is deemed to be more accurate. Of all the flavenoids, quercetin had the highest CAA value.

Check in on Monday for an Amala Dare To Try It.


Water, sweet almond oil*, glycerin, shea butter*, jojoba seed oil, stearic acid, cocoa extract*, olive extract, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, bertholetia excelsa seed extract, acai*, carapa guaianensis seed oil, hippophae rhamnoides oil, cera alba, fragrance, vanilla extract*, lemon peel oil, rosa damascena, canaga odorata*, bergamot, mauritia flexuosa, hydrolized lola implexa, licorice root*, coffee seed oil, acai pulp powder, alcohol*, xanthan gum, tocopherol, silver sulfate. *Certified organic